Does Your Company Need Mobile Device Management?

Today, most professionals bring their mobile devices to work and connect to secure corporate networks. While employers appreciate the increased efficiency and lower equipment costs of this trend, it does come with a set of new considerations for security, connectivity, privacy, and management.

With mobile devices running on different operating systems and service providers, “bring your own device” has led to a need for mobile device management (MDM) solutions. Mobile device management software solutions can be used by an IT department to monitor, manage, and secure smartphones, laptops, tablets, and other devices that are being used at work.

Doing business without a proper MDM solution is risky. Without it, information on lost or stolen devices is not secure, which means it could fall into the wrong hands. Devices without MDM also have increased exposure to malware and other viruses that could compromise confidential data. When data is compromised, a breach or hacking incident may permanently damage a company’s reputation with consumers and other businesses. Consider the data breach cases that occured with Yahoo, eBay, and Equifax.

There are many MDM solutions available in the market today. While some features will vary, it’s important to be sure your solution has a few essentials, such as: cloud-based 24-7 monitoring, remote configuration and monitoring, password/passcode enforcement, geofencing, restore functionality of corporate data, back up functionality, jailbreaking alerts, remote disconnection, and scalability.

So once you have determined your company’s need for mobile device management solutions, what next? MDM solutions will only succeed if they are executed properly and monitored regularly. Every business has different data-management requisites, so it’s important to choose a solution that works for your company. IMPEX Technologies will work with you to create a top of the line Mobile Device Management solution that combines data and application management for optimum security. Connect with our team today to learn more.

Is it Time to Modernize Your Data Center?

At the center of Data Center Modernization is finding out how to do things faster, smaller, cheaper, and with more flexibility. IT departments within organizations are often challenged in that they generally inherit legacy IT hardware such as older storage arrays, server platforms, and software licensing that doesn’t match their long-term IT transformation goals. Business applications that control critical business functions might be outdated or poorly managed. They have pieces and parts that may or may not be fully integrated or running at optimal levels. Once the IT industry started moving away from monolithic big iron to X86 server architecture, costs came down; however, server and data center sprawl took place. Networking needs grew at this time as well as rack space, which directly increased power demands and the overall IT footprint.

How to Tackle Major Projects on Your 2018 Roadmap

Projects top the list of all IT departments. Whether its application modernization; implementing Office 365; deploying and optimizing new technologies; or migrating data off legacy storage to hybrid, private, or public cloud options, IT staffing is stretched thin. Special projects demand special personnel like the experts at IMPEX Technologies.

What is the Difference Between Backup and Archive?

Data backup vs. data archiving – these topics aren’t so much an either or, but rather a necessary combination. With the increase in attacks that often include malware, employee sabotage, ransomware, and a host of other denial of service events, being able to recover your data is now a boardroom discussion.

3 Cyber Attacks Every Business Should Be Aware Of

Securing your company from cyber attacks can be a daunting task. External threats – including bad actors and rogue nation-states – continue to evolve their methods in an attempt to penetrate networks. Internal threats like disgruntled employees can permanently delete data before they leave. With the advent of “born-in-the-cloud” applications like Google/Gmail, O365, and others, IT organizations must become fully aware of what the service provider is responsible for backing up and what’s the responsibility of the end-user.

What is Big Data Anyway?

Most IT professionals understand the definitions of Big Data, but what they often struggle with is understanding how to monetize Big Data to deliver new insights for their organization. Ninety percent of all data was created in the past two years and continues to grow without limits. Truth be told, most IT departments focus on keeping the lights on by making sure that the hardware in their data centers stays up and running to keep the business moving. Big Data analytics are often times a “nice to have” and not a “need to have” solely based on limited internal resources, direction from the C-suite, and investment from the business. However, as IT transforms, IT becomes the business!

Staffing: Outsource vs. FTE

Projects are the lifeblood of an IT organization. Prioritizing projects are sometimes based on business drivers, like mergers & acquisitions, application development, or in some cases, refreshing legacy IT assets, all of which can be a very costly endeavor. Once these projects have been identified, companies can determine their staffing models.

IoT: The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things, or “IoT,” is constantly evolving and taking on new meanings as technology penetrates industries that generally have not relied on IT to grow. At its fundamental definition, IoT can be seen as the convergence of multiple technologies, including wireless communication, real-time analytics, machine learning, commodity sensors, and embedded systems. IoT is also the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles, buildings, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity. These objects collect and exchange data, resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy, and economic benefit, in addition to reduced human intervention.